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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

English / History - Copywork & Dictation : Parthenon, Temple of Athena

From Complete Book of Marvels by Richard Halliburton...

A feeling of awe comes over us... we are standing before something more than just a famous ruin - it is the ruin of the finest monument of the world's Golden Age, when men worshiped beauty. We know we tread on sacred ground. The greatest geniuses of ancient Greece have moved across this same pavement - sculptors, artists, teachers, writers, warriors.

We wander down the tall row of columns. How worn they are by twenty-three centuries of wind and rain, how scarred by battle! But now in the late afternoon sun they glow with life. We look out between the columns towards the shining Aegean Sea, and find that the very light has turned a lilac colour which bathes every stone about us with the same lovely shade.

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